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Praised be Jesus Christ!

It is good to be back in the United States after my retreat in Ars, France. While I was in Ars, I was able to spend several days praying and offering Mass at the altar where the incorrupt body of St. John Vianney lies. St. John Vianney is known as “The Curé of Ars,” he was named the Patron Saint of Priests and has been held up as an example for all priests to imitate. After spending those days in quiet prayer and reflection and reading some of St. John Vianney’s writings and a biography about him, I feel like I have come back refreshed and with a new conviction to strive for holiness in my priesthood.

In addition to our retreat in Ars, the Bishop, myself and the twenty-two other priests from Wichita were able to travel around other parts of France as well, including spending a few days in Paris before we came home. Traveling with the Bishop and so many of my brother priests from the Diocese of Wichita was a lot of fun and it gave me an opportunity to see them in a setting outside of parish ministry and to get to know them better. €This trip was just one more reminder to me of how blessed I am to be a priest in the Diocese of Wichita and to be counted among these great men who lead and serve us so well. I can honestly say that there is nowhere on earth I would rather be a priest than right here in Wichita.

I am excited to tell you about another opportunity that I have coming up this Tuesday, the 19th of April. €This Monday and Tuesday our local Catholic radio station KPHN 1360AM is having their pledge drive and during these two days they will be doing live interviews throughout the day with Bishop Kemme and some of the priests and religious sisters of our diocese. I have been asked to do a live interview Tuesday from 1:00-3:00pm to talk a little bit about my background and to give my vocation story. So if you would like to know a little bit more about where I come from and what it was like for me growing up on a farm with 10 kids and no electricity, then tune in to KPHN 1360AM this Tuesday!

In Christ through Mary,

Fr. Curtis 

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